Most people ignore their health and how to stay safe from animal diseases when it comes to handling the animals. A lot of people today are venturing into animal keeping such as cows, goats, pigs, rabbits in addition to hens and turkey, these are the most common animals reared in Uganda.
However, experts and seasoned farmers remind us not to overlook the importance of maintaining appropriate safety measures. This is because such animals can lead to injuries, for example, through kicks and knocks, in addition to spreading zoonotic diseases to family members, visitors and farm workers.
The close interaction between humans and animals or their waste is increasingly making Ugandans ill, warns Peter Mubiru, a veterinary doctor in Wakiso. These animals carry bacteria, viruses, parasites, worms and fungi that cause animal diseases such as swine fever, plague, anthrax and brucellosis.
- Wear protective gear when spraying, handling veterinary medicine and mixing animal feeds.
- Wash your hands and exposed parts with soap. This will help us on how to stay safe from animal diseases.
- Keep animal shelters clean to prevent animal diseases.
- Observe strict hygiene while disposing of animal wastes.
- Avoid eating meat of sick or dead animals or birds.
- Animals should not be kept in the house.
- Do not come into direct contact with infected animals.
- Do not to eat or drink while touching animals or walking round the farm; this includes not eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum.
In conclusion, its advisable for one to be knowledgeable on the safety measures of animal keeping for both the animals and humans to avoid and prevent animal diseases.
By Janet Olumbe and Priscilla Namanya